Mary Jane undergoes further surgery

Professor Brighton and his students

In September last year, Mary Jane – a young cheetah cub – fell out of a tree and had to undergo surgery to treat her fractured leg. Her journey to recovery has been a long process that has included surgery and weekly cleaning and dressing of the wound. Early on the morning of 21 January 2013, curator, Christo Schreiber took Mary Jane to Onderstepoort.

Dr Bruce Neville supervising the X-ray procedures

Professor Brighton of Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital sedated Mary Jane in order to minimise her chances of her getting stressed due to the unfamiliar smells, sounds and people around her. She was then wheeled to the surgical area, and was put on a monitor before x-rays were taken. Her leg seemed to be healing well, although the edges of the plate appeared to be a bit skew as a result of her movement over the last few months.

Pre-surgery check

Dr Bruce Neville and his dedicated team removed the plate in Mary JaneÒ€ℒs leg, as the skin was not covering it properly. The procedure began just after 09h00, it was only after 13h00 that Mary Jane was awakened from the anaesthesia.

The first set of x-rays showing the plate

A final x-ray was taken of Mary Jane’s leg, and Dr Bruce Neville was impressed with the success of the operation. The wound will continue to be tended every week until fully healed.

Mary Jane in x-ray department

Comments

  1. Oh Max! Got to love him… He’s so cheeky and was my favorite during my stay at HESC! That cheekiness of him was just addictive. The reason why I chose to adopt him back in 2010 and why I paid him a visit early January of this year. As you say, he’s always up for a human visiting and comes straight to the fence, waiting for some much needed attention, thanking you by purring loudly! I miss him…

    1. Hi Kaatje. It’s because of people like you that the Centre can keep going. Thank you! And I’m glad you’re enjoying the updates, I’ll let Erika and everyone at HESC know. I’ll also ask them to give Max a “schmooze” for you! πŸ˜‰

    2. Hi Kaatje. We’ll give Max some extra attention for you. We miss the chats we had with you at night around the boma. Thank you for your positive attitude towards conservation and our endangered animals. Groete, Karen πŸ˜‰

  2. Wait, he’ll turn two this year! πŸ™‚ we were lucky to witness his “blue period” in august 2009… so he can’t be just one and it also mean we’re missing you all already for too long πŸ™
    Unless he is another Max…

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